QPR 1 Leeds United 0: YEP Jury give their verdicts

Jordan Botaka blocks Grant Hall. PIC: James Hardisty
Jordan Botaka blocks Grant Hall. PIC: James Hardisty
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 1-0 defeat at QPR.

DAVID WATKINS

Let’s get one thing straight; Leeds were outplayed for the majority of this game.

For once the match statistics reflected what we saw; QPR bossed the possession, had way more shots than we did and hit the target with more of them than we did. They also had eight corners to our solitary one.

But, having said that, this game should have ended in a goalless draw. The only reason it didn’t was that we simply do not know how to defend.

It is a failure we have suffered now for 18 months and why should we expect it to change? The names in that defence are the same ones that have been making mistakes throughout that period.

Everyone and his dog knows that Charlie Austin is the most dangerous striker in the division so it is unfathomable that we should leave him unmarked in our box at a corner; unfathomable and positively criminal. Maybe we were cleverly undone by Kevin Blackwell who told us on Friday that Austin would play no part in the game; did we not think it was Austin who came on?

Who knows, but it was footballing suicide.

So, we should not have lost the game, but equally it needs saying that we were poor in the other important areas of the pitch; midfield and attack. I thought Liam Bridcutt did well on his debut and was arguably our best player along with the returning Charlie Taylor but Bridcutt had to play almost as an extra defender.

There were too few occasions where our midfield worked together in pushing us smoothly up field.

Up front we looked toothless too; Chris Wood is no Charlie Austin I know, but he should be giving us more than we are getting.

Mirco Antenucci runs about a lot but you have to wonder what he is bringing to our party at the moment as well. We looked like a team with no confidence at all save those two I mentioned; Bridcutt and Taylor and Silvestri in goal who saved this being an embarrassing three or four nil defeat.

Something needs to change.

We saw glimpses of a different way forward when Jordan Botaka came on but once again we were not able to get him on the ball often enough. Surely we have to try starting him to see if he can rattle a defence with his quirky talent. QPR, like Rotherham were teams facing us on the back of poor recent form and I don’t understand why we didn’t use Botaka to “get at them” early doors. It must be worth a try and after all,

Attack is sometimes the best form of defence.

Man of the match: Marco Silvestri.

KEITH INGHAM

Another Saturday and another defeat, the vultures must surely be circling Leeds 11 and to be honest I called it when Steve Evans was appointed. He’s just not up to the job. It’s as simple as that! Massimo Cellino needs to go as well – we will go nowhere under his ownership.

Evans made two changes to the team that lost to Rotherham last weekend. New loanee Liam Bridcutt replaced Luke Murphy and Leeds welcomed back Charlie Taylor who replaced suspended Gaetano Berardi.

In a game that Leeds played second best to QPR and struggled at both ends of the field, Charlie Austin won the game early in the second half with a headed goal.

I’ve seen some dark times in my 40-odd years being a fan of this once mighty club but these are darkest days at Elland Road in a very long time and the fingers should not only be pointed at a hapless owner and the constant changing of head coaches, but also the players who regularly disappoint fans who never stop travelling week on week watching them.

There are some within the current squad that would struggle at non-league level, never mind the Championship.

This was a performance not worthy of the name of Leeds United FC and it’s not the first time it’s happened this season.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

STEPHEN CLARK

As far as Massimo’s watermelons go, Steve Evans must be ready for plucking and discarding after another abject display saw Leeds fall to another defeat at Loftus Road.

Leeds have gone backwards in a footballing sense since Uwe Rosler was sacked, and we have now lost as many games under Evans as we did under the German. At least Rosler had us playing a brand of football which was easier on the eye than the shambles on show in London at the weekend. It was 80 minutes before Leeds seriously threatened the goal of Rob Green.

The travelling faithful were not shy in showing their displeasure at the latest pathetic display. Leeds are in serious trouble once again, and frankly it is just not good enough.

Man of the match: Lewis Cook.

GARY NEWBOULD

Charlie Austin subjected United to capital punishment as his second-half goal only minutes after coming on condemned the Whites to a 1-0 defeat to QPR. It was another poor display and only Chris Wood came close to scoring for Steve Evans’ men.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

MATTHEW EVANS

United deserved nothing and got nothing at Loftus Road. This was a seriously poor performance the like of which is becoming all too common.

Byram, Adeyemi, Doukara and co must sit on the sidelines wondering what they need to do to break into a team so poor. That particularly applies to Byram who has been undermined first by the club’s owner and now by the manager after watching Scott Wootton fail to make a positive impact. We were beaten easily by a poor side for the second time in a week. The fact there have been three ex-managers in the two opposing dugouts makes it all the more galling. Embarrassingly, our left-back returning early from illness outshone his team-mates. They should all be ashamed.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

JAMES HARRISON

Another disappointing day being a United fan. It just seems to be getting poorer each week, and when we have a good performance, it is followed by an awful one. There are still a lot of games left but I can’t see anything other than a relegation battle on the cards.

Man of the match: Marco Silvestri.

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